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Official Schiit Vali 2 Thread

Discussion in 'Headphone Amps (full-size)' started by inseconds99, Dec 11, 2015.
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  1. bcowen
    There's the version we're all familiar with, and then the glass-less version that Robert has. It may sound really good but it's not rated for very many hours. :relaxed:
     
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  2. Robert Padgett
    Are you talking about the bangy tube or the three hole mouse-ears dated 8/51?
     
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  3. bcowen
    I'm LMAO at the BangyBang tube. For that matter, I LMAO at all of BangyBang's tubes. It's just unfortunate that unknowing people perpetuate his continuing fraud by sending him money.
     
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  4. Robert Padgett
    Bill-what do you know about very early Mouse-ears--three hole black plates marked "H 8/51" sold as Hytron Mouse-ears?
     
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  5. bcowen
    Nothing, sorry.

    I am learning about 1578's though if that doesn't help as little. :slight_smile:
     
  6. Rwit
    I have a dumb question. I'm thinking of getting a Vali 2 from the current B-stock and wondering if the tube gets very hot or could burn somebody. My toddler uses my desk sometimes and I won't get it if there's any chance he could get hurt from the tube.

    Sorry again if that's a dumb question. I've obviously never owned a tube amp!
     
  7. bcowen
    There are tube amps and there are tube amps. :relaxed: The 211 tubes I had in some amps a while back would remove your skin with even a momentary touch at full operating temperature. The 9-pin tube in a Vali 2 won't get hot enough to cause burns, even with a toddlers tender skin. It'll get uncomfortable enough to be in contact with long before any damage is done. There *is* the glass/toddler factor though, and a tube's broken glass will cut just as easily as any other broken glass....
     
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  8. ScubaMan2017
    That's NOT a dumb question. The Vali's tube is warm to the touch. I wouldn't pull it out with my bare hands (while its running)... in my case, I'd be concerned about dropping the tube. They're built like a thick-walled incandescent light bulb. If you use the same precautions as attempting to unscrew a 'lit' bulb, you (and your child) will be safe. And the glowing tube isn't blazing like a flare. It's an orange glow. The biggest concern I'd have is one leaving tubes rolling around on the floor and your child sticks it into her mouth!

    My Vali's stock tube's firmly anchored in place.Your child will have to be given quite a bit of unsupervised time (and dexterous, upper-body-strength) with this amp to wiggle it free. :ksc75smile:

    @bcowen 's right on the money. I suspect Schiit Audio chose this particular tube (valve?) for its physical & operating characteristics.

    Welcome to the thread, @Rwit :smile_phones:
     
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  9. Robert Padgett
    And using a nine-pin socket saver will lift the tube out of the chassis enough to cool itself better.
     
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  11. jaywillin
    whoops, i didn't do that quite right !
     
  12. Rwit
    Thank you for all of the advice. I decided to buy the Vali 2 from B-stock. Unlike my Fulla 2 (which drives my computer speakers) it won't be on all the time, will be far enough back on the desk he can't reach it, and he is always supervised when sitting at the desk anyway. I'll just have to teach him not to play with daddy's toys :)
     
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  13. bcowen
    Good luck with that part. Just wait until he's a teenager. :relaxed:
     
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  14. Mike-WI
    I bought my own teenager a Modi->Vali 2 combo (w/ Pyst interconnects). He uses it daily.
     
  15. erics75
    burning isnt as big of a danger as cutting from broken tubes. my little one tried to lunge and grab my lyr 3 tube and cracked it. thankfully he did not cut himself. but i did removing the broken tube! daddy was not happy.... daddy also ditched tubes at home because of the little beasts...
     
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